2013 FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

 

“There is no other event of this kind, anywhere!”


WHEN: Sat 26 January -  Sunday 27 January 2013, 11am - 8:00pm

WHERE: The Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, City of London, EC2M 4QH

HOW TO GET THERE: Map, Liverpool Street Tube (2 min walk from station)

TICKETS: Free! Donations welcome. Arrive 10-15mins before talk to ensure a seat

 

26 Saturday 

 

11:00 – 12:00 PM

Slavery and the City: An Urban Exploration // FINANCIAL DISTRICTS

Kate Donington, Nick Draper

People's Great Hall

To what extent was the City of London complicit in the system of slavery? What forms of power – commercial, political, cultural and beyond – did City slave owners wield? How has this shaped the physicality of the City? Drawing on the 1838 Slave Compensation Registers which were created to manage the payment of compensation to slave-owners on the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean, Mauritius and the Cape of Good Hope, researchers from UCL will discuss who benefited financially from slavery, and examine the contemporary legacies of slave-ownership in the City. 

 

Bulaq:  Among the Ruins of an Unfinished Revolution // URBAN INDUSTRY

Rene Boer

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 6 

*film and discussion

A documentary about the Bulaq Abou el-Ela neighbourhood, located just a few hundred meters from Tahrir Square. Its inhabitants have struggled against eviction, police brutality and social marginalisation for many decades. When the revolution took off in 2011, they brought their experience and demands of social justice to Tahrir, with renewed hope for a new city that is still in the making. Followed by a discussion with co-director Davide Morandini.

 

Re-imagining Urban Addis Ababa   // CITY MEANS INEQUALITY

Clara Rivas Alonso  

Library  

How is the neoliberal model of urban spatial organisation or class cleansing globalized adapting itself to the idiosyncratic features of the localities where it is implemented? In Amharic the word used for development is the same word for control. In Addis Ababa this could also mean the disappearance of public space. Do those implementing this model share the same interest in concealing the democratic potential of public space? A discussion about how neoliberal strategies of urban development are being deployed in this very young city.

 

States of Exception in Olympic Cities //   POST OLYMPICS

Games Monitor

Ceila Sanchez Manduley Courtyard Room

*ends at 12:30PM

Are mega events such as the Olympic Games and the World Cup ‘Trojan horses’ making use of elite athletes in the pursuit of corpo-government interests? Are these temporary globalised events the spearheads for enduring cultural and legal transformations that go beyond the wildest neo-liberalist ambitions in everyday circumstances? How can citizens of cities that might hold future globalising-mega-events, resist these brazen, dazzling and relentless attempts at denuding them of their rights, land and money?  

 

12:00pm – 1:00PM

Bishopsgate Archive & Library Tour // CITY MEANS INEQUALITY

Stefan Dickers

*meet outside the library

What was the ‘battle of the books’ and why did the Institute lock away an archive item from the public fearing it may cause revolution? Find out at this behind-the-scenes tour.  Explore the important collections on London history, labour and socialist history, freethought and humanism, and protest and campaigning.

 

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Secret City: The City, Politics and Inequality   // FINANCIAL DISTRICTS

Michael Chanan (Director), Lee Salter (Writer)

People's Great Hall

*film and discussion

A film and discussion about the City of London, the Corporation that governs it, and its role in the economic crisis. Secret City looks at the Corporation’s complex relations with Parliament, the Monarchy, the Church, Greater London and the global economy, through contributions from scholars, an MP, a businessman, Church people and activists. The film exposes the Corporation's anti-democratic constitution, the ancient laws which allow it function as a state within a state, and the deleterious effects this has on democracy, politics and economics in London.    

 

Erase, Stretch, Relinquish  // URBAN INDUSTRY

Wards Corner Community Coalition, Save Earl's Court Campaign, Save Leyton Marshes, Clays Lane Campaign

Ceila Sanchez Manduley Courtyard Room

This session brings together a number of local and international groups that have or are currently engaged with 'the development process'. Short presentations update festival goers on their campaigns whilst at the same time trying to establish if there are patterns to the actions taken by developers and to see how support can be offered. Space provided for two groups to join panel on the day - turn up with 15 minute presentation. 

 

Lexicon Workshop // LANGUAGE FRAMES SPACE

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 6 

* registration required, email coordinators@thisisnotagateway.net

This session will, through a workshop process, coin ten new words and release them after the festival. The aim is three fold; 1) decolonise existing urban industry lexicons ('regeneration', 'development', 'community' etc), 2) forge new words which represent the current philosophy/ideas of urban citizens today 3) Develop a tracking system which will monitor the process of these 10 words being colonised and re-appropriated. Citizens set the agenda, framework and terms of engagement with developers and governments. 

 

'What the eye doesn't see': How urban design has impacted identity, community and nationalism in Istanbul // CITY MEANS INEQUALITY

Atakan Guven, Omer Cavusoglu

Library   

* ends at 2pm

Turkey continues with a deeply centralised urban planning model. Urban policies are dictated by economic growth, earthquake mitigation and aspirations to become a key figure in the region. Such declarative planning activities have been instigated by figures of political power, who invite financial investment with architectural brand names. Is this the right direction for a city, spoiled with impressive urban geology and obscured socio-cultural memory? What did we get here and why are we witnessing community displacement?

 

Occupy London Tours: The City // FINANCIAL DISTRICTS

Occupy London

 * Starts at 2pm

* meet on the steps of St Pauls Cathedral 

Thought you knew London? Think again. Welcome to England’s smallest, most mysterious and most powerful city – where Goldman Sachs votes in local elections, the Mayor is chosen by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, and the police are reigning Olympic champions… Join Occupy London activists for a political walking tour of the City of London, from Dick Whittington to Collateralized Debt Obligations,
as we tell the history of a thousand years of finance in just two hours.

 

3:00PM – 3:30PM

Reclamations // POST OLYMPICS

Jude Rosen 

Matchstick Cafe & Bookshop

*performance (30mins) 

An alternative narrative of development to the status quo of asset stripping; de-industrialization and the creation of subsidized, sanitized theme-park environments.

 

3:30 – 4:30PM

Recording community history, strengthening collective memory. The artist as archivist of grassroots struggles in the post-industrial city  // URBAN INDUSTRY

Tayrn Edmonds, Laura Maragoudaki, Julie Ballands (Archive for Change)

Library 

What is the importance of grassroots testimonies of urban change in developing critical perspectives on planning and regeneration? What is the importance of collective memory in encouraging future resistance and change within city environments? How is ‘community’ defined by different urban players and what is the affect of this? What are the inherent complexities around issues of representation and interpretation in the artist’s role, and exploring how artist initiatives can be integrated in community infrastructure- how can we really be grassroots?

 

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Bankers But Were Too Angry To Ask    // FINANCIAL DISTRICTS

Joris Luyendijk 

People's Great Hall

Since 2010 anthropologist Joris Luyendijk has been embedded in London's three main financial districts. His mission has been to reveal the everyday culture of the 'world of finance' in his powerful 'Banking Blog' on the Guardian's website. He invites festival-goers to a critical conversation about the lives, motivations, hopes and fears of those that work in these centres as told to him.

 

Inside for being Beside?  // LEGALITIES OF SPACE

Gloria Morrison 

Ceila Sanchez Manduley Courtyard Room

*ends at 5:00PM

Did you know a 300 year old duelling law has been re-introduced to convict people who were at a scene of a crime, even though they didn’t know a crime was to occur? It is also being used to convict those neither at a scene nor even in the same city! Campaigners will discuss how the archaic principal of joint enterprise is being used and abused by police and prosecutors.  It is a little known principal that our punitive justice system is imprisoning people with little or no evidence including children as young as 13. Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA) is currently supporting 350 prisoners who maintain their innocence.

 

Crisis Capitalism Visualisation Workshop: Update the Famous IWW Pyramid of the Capitalism  // URBAN INDUSTRY

Jody Boehnert   

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 6  

*ends at 6:00PM 

Join this workshop to produce an updated version of the famous image – capturing the dynamics of
late neo-liberal disaster capitalism as simply as possible. There will be a particular focus on the mechanisms of the Urban Industry – the relationship between elements and actors will be mapped onto a contemporary tower building (i.e. The Shard or Burj Khalifa). All welcome! Please bring paper, pencils, pens and other supplies.

 

5:30 – 6:30PM

Strategies for Legal Rupture // LEGALITIES OF SPACE

Brenna Bhandar

Ceila Sanchez Manduley Courtyard Room

To what extent can the law be used to achieve political transformation? Is the law inevitably caught within the political-economic structures of liberal, capitalist state forms, or is there potential for legal advocacy to effect political ruptures? Through an examination of a recent Indian Supreme Court judgment, in which a state government was held accountable for counter-insurgency tactics used against the Naxalites, this session will consider what constitutes a strategy of legal rupture, and the ways in which the law can be deployed to effect political change. 

6:30 – 8:30PM

The Pipe // LEGALITIES OF SPACE

Stephen Martin

People's Great Hall

*film & discussion

What do people do, when the law prevents them from protecting themselves? That's the question at the heart of "The Pipe," a stirring, character-rich documentary from Irish helmer Risteard O Domhnaill about Shell vs. Rossport, Ireland, where the oil company decided to run a gas line, and the community decided otherwise. Followed by a discussion led by Stephen Martin of the Irish Film Society.

 

27 Sunday

*please check asterisks for end time variations

 

 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Controlling chaos: formal informality in Berlin // URBAN INDUSTRY

Jana Perkovic, Georg Hubmann

Ceila Sanchez Manduley Courtyard Room

Governments bend rules for big capital everywhere: no news there. But what to make of the support the city of Berlin is showing to micro-entrepreneurs and local initiatives, incorporating 'temporary uses' into large redevelopment projects, even orchestrating informal occupation of space? The city has embraced its subculture for the purposes of image-building, and attracting 'real' capital. Is this creative resistance or co-opting? A discussion about social movements, the planning framework, and the contradictory policy of city institutions.

 

“Great Art for Everyone” // CITY MEANS INEQUALITY

This Is Not A Gateway

Library

What does Arts Council England's motto 'Great Art for Everyone' mean to you? What is 'great' and is ‘everyone’ really everyone? More importantly perhaps what is 'art' according to the few people left working in this recently butchered government agency? If you wanted to book a covers band for your local pub could you receive ACE funding? Are the barriers to arts not a disinterest of the public but an organisation disinterested in the publics? Workshop explores these questions. Participants can suggest a new motto and focus for the organisation. 

 

Creating Subjects: A Study of a Private City  // LEGALITIES OF SPACE

Persis Taraporevala

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 6  

A study of ‘private cities’ in India, where corporate entities take on the role of the State in the arena of urban governance, and subsequently disenfranchise local populations. The discussion will explore the legal processes that were utilised by the State and corporate houses to create private cities; how a private city functions; how do private cities affect the role and status of citizenship witin the larger built environment and; how is the changed ethos of citizenship connected to the changes within the larger political economy of India? 

 

How the East was Won: Tactics for 21st Century Resistance // INSURRECTIONS, RIOTS AND REVOLUTIONS

David Rosenberg

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 8

What can we learn from the ways that people fought back fascism in the 1930's East end of London? 
In the devastating economic crises of 1930s Europe, fascists took power in several countries and gained significant influence in others. In Britain, despite having a charismatic leader backed by powerful economic interests, the fascists failed. The Battle of Cable Street (1936) that took place at the intersection of London’s citadels of wealth and prestige and its poorest slums was a key moment in turning the tide. In the current climate - with growing 'austerity cuts', attacks on migrants and notions of multi-culturalism, what can we learn from successful struggles and forms of grassroots organisation?

 

Glimpses of an Urbanism to Come: The G8 Summits as a Spatial Paradigm (1999-2010) // URBAN INDUSTRY

Robert Bottazzi

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 9

During the first decade of the 21st century, the G8 became the main laboratory to measure and challenge the potent convergence of globalisation and digital technologies on Western cities. concentrating on the 2001 summit in Genoa, the presentation critiques and revises the current narratives on digital technologies and participations in urban environments. What spatial tactics emerged in Genoa and Seattle and how have they since been adopted in many large public events including G20 meetings and Olympic Games.

 

12:00PM – 1:30PM

Opposing Securitisation, Linking Our Resistances // LEGALITIES OF SPACE

Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC)

Ceila Sanchez Manduley Courtyard Room

Through a securitisation process, potentially all societal conflicts are portrayed as threats of disorder or even as enemies. In practice, we are turned into suspects – subjected to preventative measures such as state surveillance, restrictions on movement, extra-judicial powers, secret evidence and even punishment without trial.   ‘Terrorism’, ‘extremism’ and ‘suspicious behaviour’ are defined so broadly as to entrap potentially anyone. Is securitisation is a political strategy for spreading fear and insecurity, while also suppressing dissent against neoliberal policies and war?  Securitisation measures have provoked resistance of various kinds -  what is there to learn from the different groups and their approaches?     

 

1:30PM-3:00PM

Idle No More: Indigenous Rights Revolution//INSURRECTIONS, RIOTS AND REVOLUTIONS

Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum (Idle No More), Amrit Wilson, Brenna Bhandar, Suzanne Dhaliwal 

People's Great Hall

Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, one of the four original women of INM will lead a discussion on contemporary corporate led colonialism, reigniting an indigenous rights defence and social revolution. She will be joined by Brenna Bhandar (law, human rights, treaties & colonial history) and Suzanne Dhaliwal (UK Tar Sands Network). The session is chaired by writer and activist Amrit Wilson.  If you have an interest in commons, contested geographies, corporatism, environment, de-colonialism, anti-capitalism, revolution, development and urban industry this talk will be of great interest to you.

 

3:30PM – 5:00PM

Prison Writing and Fighting Extradition // LEGALITIES OF SPACE

Hamja Ahsan, Gary Mulgrew, Amrit Wilson

Ceila Sanchez Manduley Courtyard Room

How is the law being used to erode civil liberties and transgress so-called 'Nation-State' protection/boundaries? What is the meaning of sovereignty and citizenship? What are the impacts of extreme isolation in US prisons? What is it like to be extradited? How does the plea bargain work? What is it like to be detained for 8 years without trial? What are the long-term collective strategies in the fight against the notorious 2003 US-UK Extradition Treaty? These questions will be explored through personal experience, film clips, literary readings and discussion. 

 

Common Space of the Future // URBAN INDUSTRY

 Marianna Liosi, Alessandra Saviotti

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 6  

*film & discussion

A screening and discussion about the natural environment as an entity abused by political power. What is the potential of the environment to become an arena of protest by the community against the exploitation of the land, the destruction of local economies dressed up as economic progress? Starting point is the NO TAV movement - a large group of Susa Valley inhabitants who organised to protest against the construction of High Speed Trains Rail from Turin to Lyon (France). 

 

Property Guardianship - A Critical Overview // LEGALITIES OF SPACE 

Gloria Dawson

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 8

*ends at 4:30PM

Property guardianship, ‘anti-squatting’ or ‘protection by occupation’, is a growing addition to an increasingly fragmented UK housing sector. The rise in property guardianship (for which one must both pay, and render services) coincides with legal curbs on squatting in the UK.  It has been marketed as the ‘acceptable’ form of squatting, and a way of preventing the ‘unacceptable’ type. However, is the main function of property guardianship to preserve the value of private property? Is this about the management of space rather than the provision of secure and democratically-available housing?

 

Activists on Trial: Tactics, Opportunities and Costs in Criminal Prosecutions // INSURRECTIONS, RIOTS AND REVOLUTIONS

Graeme Hayes, Mike Schwartz, Trenton Oldfield 

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 9

*ends at 4:30PM

Criminal prosecutions are a regular, recurring feature in the lives of activists seeking to challenge the dominant social and political order. This session will draw on examples of trials of social movement activists - historical and contemporary, British, European, and North and South American - to discuss the role of criminal prosecutions in social movement campaigns, the effects they can have on activists, the tactical and strategic choices made available, and the possibilities they create for challenging the political order. 

 

4:30-5:30PM

Bishopsgate Tour: // CITY MEANS INEQUALITY

Stefan Dickers

* meet outside the library

The Bishopsgate Institute holds one of the first public libraries in London, first opened in 1895. Find out more about the unique collection and Grade II listed building combining elements of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and typical Victorian styles.

 

5:30PM – 6:30PM

Artists Behind the Wall: Regeneration Games in Olympic East London // POST OLYMPICS

Sarah Scarsbrook, Simon Cole (Hackney Tours)

Library

 A discussion about urban regeneration, gentrification and the creative economy. How has the artist community in Hackney Wick formed a major part of the Olympic led regeneration in the area? With the knowledge that artist communities actively aid the gentrification of run down areas in cities, should artists take more responsibility over the areas they move into today?

 

Rethinking Acts of Citizenship through Burning Cars and Concrete // INSURRECTIONS, RIOTS AND REVOLUTIONS

Helen Arfvidsson

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 6 

Images of young people burning cars in urban peripheries often bring French banlieues in 2005 to mind, when thousands of cars were set on fire during a period of three weeks. However, this trend has become quite common in urban peripheries across Europe. This presentation aims to take burning cars in the peripheries of Gothenburg, Sweden, in the late summer of 2009, as an entry point to rethink the notion of acts of citizenship.  

 

The past persists in the present in the form of a dream (participatory architectures, archive and revolution) // URBAN INDUSTRY 

Paula Roush

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 8

Can the photographic image provide a critical tool for archaeology of the recent past? A presentation of research conducted on the Apeadeiro estate in Meia Praia, southern Portugal. The estate was developed as part of the national housing programme code-named SAAL (Servico de Apoio Ambulatorio Local or Mobile Service for Local Support) that emerged in the short but intense experience of participatory democracy during the Portuguese revolution of 1974-75.

 

Spatialities of revolt and democratic governance: Indignant movement in Syntagma Square // INSURRECTIONS, RIOTS AND REVOLUTIONS

Anastasia Kavada, Orsalia Dimitriou 

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 9

Using film material from the Indignant movement in Syntagma Square (Athens) in the summer of 2011, the discussion will explore the spatial dimension of social movements and the relationship between space, communication and political participation. Is the occupation of public squares producing a new kind of ‘public’ in urban centres? What are the democratic principles and forms of governance that these movements advocate?

 

6:30 – 8:30PM

Dreams of a Life // CITY AS INEQUALITY

Carol Morley, Cairo Cannon

People's Great Hall

*film & discussion, evening reception

A thought provoking documentary about Joyce Vincent, a young London woman, who lay dead on her sofa for three years before being found. A searingly powerful examination of our lives in contemporary cities. Directed by Whitechapel resident Carol Morley.  

 

Exhibitions

Tailings from the Gold City // CITY AS INEQUALITY

Jason Larkin

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 5

Gold mining and its by-product the mine dump have drastically altered the topography, economy and ecology of Johannesburg as it developed from a simple mining camp into the largest economy in Africa. Incongruous, and until recently forgotten, these spaces are a direct historical link to the city’s growth and wealth. Over the decades, life on and around these dormant and toxic remains has developed. This ongoing project explores these dumps as an integrated extension of the thriving metropolis that surrounds them.

 

Artist Taxi Driver Films // CITY AS INEQUALITY

Mark McGowan

Rosa Luxemburg Brushfield 7

All 1400+ works of Artist Taxi Driver (Mark McGowan) will be shown on a loop in a dedicated cinema. Mark's films, an average of 8 minutes each confront  the cultures of elitism, corruption of British and multi-national institutions/corporations and post-critical artists and galleries. Please note there is sometimes swearing in his art works.

 

The Secret Security Guard // LEGALITIES OF SPACE

Henrietta Williams

Leila  Khalid Galleries

This installation reveals images of people dressed in G4S uniforms playing at being security guards – a moment in time when hyper-security became normal for London, from which there may be no return. Artist Henrietta Williams worked as a security guard for the duration of the Games at Stratford. Alongside fulfilling her duties for G4S she also worked as an undercover reporter for the Guardian writing a column called ‘The Secret Security Guard’ 

 

Archive for Change // URBAN INDUSTRY

Tayrn Edmonds, Laura Maragoudaki, Julie Ballands

Matchstick Cafe & Bookshop

Archive for Change is primarily a critical collection of new and archive films charting the story of urban change in the West End of Newcastle through the stories of those who have experienced the numerous planning and regeneration schemes implemented in the area over the last century. Stories of post-industrial decline, grassroots activism, privatisation & unemployment during the Thatcher years, and questions around the re-appropriation of community action under the rhetoric of the ‘Big Society’.

 

No Way Out // INSURRECTIONS, RIOTS AND REVOLUTIONS

Rosario Montero

Matchstick Cafe & Bookshop

A photographic study of urban landscapes from several cities in Britain where riots took place in 2011. Blind windows, traces of past reconstructions, the brick as a symbol and also a sign of difference in social condition, the building as a mirror of the people that reside in it. The images reveal not only marks of history but also a form of constructed landscape of the world that we are living in.

 

Extradite me I’m British // LEGALITIES OF SPACE

Arts against Extraditions

Leila Khalid Galleries

Postcards submitted by artists in response to the theme "Extradite Me, I'm British". 2012, the year of the Jubilee and national pride in the Olympics was also a year of extraditions. Parliament allows British citizens to be extradited to the USA without having been charged with a crime. Arts Against Extraditions staged a series of flash mob events and produced a t-shirt with the ironic slogan "Extradite Me, I'm British” to highlight the disjunction between national pride and an ongoing erosion of civil liberties.

 

Beirutopia // URBAN INDUSTRY

Randa Mirza

Leila Khalid Galleries

Since the end of the Lebanese civil war in 1990, Beirut has been striving, to regain its glamour and splendor through the efforts of reconstruction, in the aim of reconstituting the old myth of a city commonly referred to as the Paris or Switzerland of the Middle East. This photography project is a portrait of Beirut’s urban future. It aims to raise questions about the devenir, or the becoming, of Beirut and its associated representations, characteristics and how they culminate to become the future essence of the city.


One Morning In May // FINANCIAL DISTRICTS

Noëmi Lakmaier,  Hydar Dewachi

Leila Khalid Galleries

On the 28th of May 2012 Noëmi Lakmaier set out from Toynbee Studios in Tower Hamlets towards the City of London, hoping to reach one one of London's most iconic buildings the 'Gherkin'. This normally easy 1 mile stroll was a slow and exhausting test of endurance, as she did it on her hands and knees. Smartly dressed in business attire she crawled through the everyday street life of London, her clothes getting increasingly dirty and torn. After 7 hours she crossed the border from the Borough of Tower Hamlets to the City of London. 

 

Olympic Dreams // POST OLYMPICS

Simon Ball, audio Zai Tang

Leila Khalid Galleries

Consisting of over 7500 individually photographed still frames, Olympic Dreams questions the nature of the dominant line surrounding London's Olympic Park. This line has come to represent a border between the Olympic elite and local residents, who are pushed away from a movement that claims to embody inclusion and community. The film questions these values by revealing the imposing nature of the fence alongside images that constitute the Olympic edge-lands, taking the viewer into a space that is free from the utilitarian connotations of the fence.